November 14, 2009 - Niet Normaal - art event Amsterdam
November 14, 2009

art event Amsterdam

Birgit Dieker, Bad Mummy, 2005. Amélie Nothomb’s private collection. Photo: Jürgen Baumann.

What is normal and who decides?
December 16, 2009 – March 7, 2010

At the Beurs van Berlage
Beursplein 1, Amsterdam
The Netherlands

Niet Normaal: International art exhibition with: Pawel Althamer, Nathalie Djurberg, Ines Doujak, Joseph Grigely, Thomas Hirschhorn, William Kentridge, Jon Kessler, Aernout Mik, Imogen Stidworthy, Javier Téllez and many others

Press viewing and Royal opening at December 15th.

From 16 December 2009 through 7 March 2010 the Beurs van Berlage in Amsterdam stages a huge, audience-focused art event, entitled: Niet Normaal * Difference on Display. International artists react to the most topical subject in today’s society: what is normal and who decides?

What is normal and who decides?
While technology and advancement offer opportunities to various kinds of people, everything in life is dominated by uniformity. Market and media increasingly decide how we look at ourselves and others. Perfection is the standard.

But what is this norm and who complies? Do we draw a line at a wrinkle, a depression, with someone who does not want to pursuit a career, with taking pills that increase one’s intelligence, or with drastic physical enhancement? Perfectibility, norm and difference as commodities and the interdependent relationship between humans and technology are the three main topics.

Art, science and society
Paintings, sculptures and installations by artists, documentary makers and designers are on display. New works of art are produced, and artworks from foreign and private collections are on display for this exhibition.

A full colour publication with essays by Donna Haraway, Michel Callon, Amade M’charek, Renu Addlahka, Tom Shakespeare, Ingunn Moser and others will be on sale. Besides the presentation of works of art discussions, movie nights, readings and parties will be organised. Exhibition, publication and parallel programme seduce, confront, put into perspective. Art and science meet and express urgent matters in society.

Niet Normaal, Difference on Display
Place: Beurs van Berlage, Amsterdam area
Time: 16 December 2009 – 8 March 2010
In advance in 2009: film analyses, debates and campaigns
Where: with various partners and on various stages

Niet Normaal at the Beurs van Berlage
Beursplein 1, Amsterdam, The Netherlands

Press viewing and official Royal opening: 15th December 2009
Media Contact: +31 (0)6 245 03 978 /

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